Northern Illinois University quarterback Jordan Lynch entered Friday night’s MAC Championship Game ranked fifth in rushing yards per game for the season and finished the game as the most prolific rushing quarterback in a single-season.
The redshirt junior that attended Mt. Carmel high school in Chicago–the same high school as Donovan McNabb–broke the record held by Michigan’s Denard Robinson on a fourth down run that went for 45 yards to the Kent State four yard line midway through the third quarter.
Three plays later Lynch would run in for the score–his 17th on the year–and marked the 11th straight game he rushed for more than 100 yards.
The only game he did not eclipse the century mark in a game was the week two win over Tennessee-Martin where he only had 60, but did have three touchdowns and even added one through the air.
Lynch is putting up Heisman-caliber numbers, but is very unlikely to receive much attention from the national media. However, entering Friday’s MAC title game he was third in the nation with his 4,361 yards of total offense–trailing only Johnny Manziel–the presumptive favorite to win the award–and Baylor quarterback Nick Florence.
That’s pretty good company to find himself in as a first-year starting quarterback after serving as the backup to Chandler Harnish–who left NIU with the third most yards of total offense in MAC history, and didn’t receive much attention from schools other than NIU that wanted him to play quarterback.
Lynch isn’t going to win the Heisman, but he is in the record books as the best rushing quarterback in a single-season and is one of two quarterbacks in FBS history to have 1,500 yards rushing and 2,500 yards passing in a single-season.
Not a bad achievement to put on his resume for the kid that nobody wanted.
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